Econet launches health tips platform

HARARE - Zimbabwe’s leading mobile telephone provider Econet Wireless has launched a new product, EconetHealth, which will provide health tips to members of the public at $0,05 per message.

Paul Chimedza, the deputy minister of Health and Child Care, said the programme is a shot in the arm for government as it will help reduce morbidity, mortality and ballooning costs in treatment and care of preventable diseases.

“Innovation remains key in this market, especially if we are to combat health issues which can be tackled through access to relevant information,” said Chimedza.

Chimedza, said Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) can only be achieved through support rendered by all stakeholders including corporates.

“You might be excited by the income generated but we are excited by lives to be saved. We therefore urge businesses to follow your example and work with us in building a health care system that will help our country achieve its MDGs on universal access to health care,” he said.

The health tips will be on HIV/Aids, malaria, pregnancy, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, cancers and many other conditions.

Chimedza linked the mobile company’s successes to its Christian values which state that prosperity comes from giving.

“The amazing thing which I think is key to their success is their hunger for God. The word says give and it shall be given….imagine a million people praying for your company, definitely a dividend will come your way,” he said.

The health tips will be available in native languages, like Shona and Ndebele, is also available to anyone with a mobile phone.

Douglas Mboweni, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe chief executive officer, said local research proved that telecommunication plays an important role in improving communities’ health outcomes.

“All we are saying is information should be accessible at the press of a button. How do I deal with my high stress levels? For pregnant women, what information do they need to make sure that they go through the process in a very effective manner?”

Adding that, “This is just the beginning. There are so many things we can change with the mobile device. Let us transform communities through innovation.”

Official statistics show that mobile penetration rates in Zimbabwe now stand at 106 percent.

University of Zimbabwe recently conducted a survey on the effectiveness of telecommunication in adherence to treatment schedules.

It was found that 97 percent of women who received texts messages turned up on the correct date to vaccinate their babies compared to the 74 percent among those who did not receive.

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    GALLERYCARTRIDGES - 19 July 2014

    hats off to Econet wireless wth this save a soul programme

    tinotenda - 19 July 2014

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